The most important thing that I have read in the past three months is not a book in particular but a series of “guided tours” that is brainpickings.org– “is a cross-disciplinary LEGO treasure chest, full of pieces spanning art, science, psychology, design, philosophy, history, politics, anthropology, and more; pieces that enrich our mental pool of resources and empower combinatorial ideas that are stronger, smarter, richer, deeper and more impactful. Above all, it’s about how these different disciplines illuminate one another to glean some insight, directly or indirectly, into that grand question of how to live, and how to live well.”
Brain Pickings is single handedly fed by one woman’s “labor of Love”– A self-proclaimed “reader, writer, interestingness hunter-gatherer, and curious mind at large.”
This was a note worthy detour in the mind of an all consuming knowledge seeker (she is basically my knowledge seeking superhero). Well worth it.
- The Millionaire Fastlane by MJ DeMarco. This isn’t your standard run-of-the-mill business book. Right from the get-go, you are reminded that you are currently on the sidewalk or the slowane and if you want to be truly successful, you need to get on the fastlane. The information was solid and it should be as I found it to be one of the most recommended business book on the internet. However, I found that the information wasn’t organized in the most optimal way, meaning it sometimes felt like I was reading several profound thoughts and not one complete body of information. If you are just starting out on a journey towards the great dark expanse that is entrepreneurship (or about to make the leap), then its information is invaluable. My post for the Outwork Book Club is here.
- The Art of Non-Conformity by Chris Guillebeau. This is one of those books that forces you to pause while reading to think about what you just read. The book gives you an alternative method to reclaim your work life. The author draws on his own experience as a traveler and writer, one that has traveled and written a lot (he has been to all of the countries in the world). He teaches you how to build an Army of people that will support your cause as you aim to dominate in your own unique way. The idea of the book was borne out of a free online resource called A Brief Guide to World Domination.
Read more: The Outwork Book Club
- The Boys in the Boat by Daniel Brown. The subtitle for this book is: Nine Americans and their Epic Quest for Gold at the 1936 Berlin Olympics. And essentially, that is what the story was about, except that it mostly focused on boy in particular. His personal story is what I found to be most interesting. He was abandoned by his father not once, but twice in his life. Still, he persevered and worked his way through college without a dime of help from anyone else. His work ethic and undying commitment to complete his goals eventually led to Olympic Gold. Good stuff. And despite it being a great story with an interesting angle- a team of American boys from the back country of Washington as underdogs on an Olympic stage- I think they actually had a distinct advantage against the other teams. I wrote about these thoughts here.
- Living with a SEAL: 31 Days Training with the Toughest Man on the Planet by Jesse Itzler. I listened to this book on a long drive on the California coast. I chose it because I wanted to listen to something entertaining and Itzler does a good job of mixing in the humor of his entire experience, mainly his normal reactions to SEAL’s completely abnormal expectations. In the end, I found the story to be uplifting and even teased out valuable bits of information from both SEAL and the business savvy Itzler. From a training perspective, I thought SEAL’s 40% Rule for Overcoming Mental Limits to be of particular interest.
Read more: Currently I am reading The Talent Code by Daniel Coyle and so far, I am excited about the potentiality that it conveys: a blueprint for building greatness.
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